Efficiency NB

Checklist developed to help build energy-efficient homes (09/02/10)

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Feb. 10, 2009

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Homeowners and builders now have a checklist to help them build an energy-efficient home and qualify for financial assistance from Efficiency NB.

Efficiency NB has developed the checklist, which spells out mandatory specifications for homeowners and builders to follow to ensure they are building an energy-efficient home. Meeting these specifications helps homeowners qualify for financial incentives through Efficiency NB's New Homes Program.

Already, homeowners may obtain financial assistance by having their drawings and specifications reviewed before construction. They may also obtain advice on how to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher; or how to build an R-2000 home through a certified R-2000 builder.

Buyers of new homes are also eligible if they either buy a home that has an Energuide rating of 80 or higher; buy an R-2000 home; or, if they now buy a home that includes all of Efficiency NB's mandatory specifications for building an energy efficient home.

First-owners of new homes will also qualify for an added rebate equal to 50 per cent of the cost to have their home Energuide-rated, to a maximum of $250; and to qualify for an ENERGY STAR bonus to install specified ENERGY STAR-rated appliances.

"Building an energy-efficient new home is a sound investment," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "It increases the value of the home, and it lowers energy and operating costs. Efficiency NB is doing wonderful work in support of homeowners and, of course, for the environment."

The New Homes Program began two years ago to encourage the construction of energy-efficient homes. Since then, about 950 homes have been enrolled in the program.

"I think homeowners and builders will welcome the enhancements we've made to the program," said Elizabeth Weir, president and chief executive officer of Efficiency NB.

Builders interested in building energy-efficient homes and working more closely with Efficiency New Brunswick should contact Efficiency NB's New Homes program manager. More details may be found at www.efficiencynb.ca/newhomes or by calling 1-866-643-8833.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Somers, communications, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860 tracey.somers@gnb.ca.

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